Absurd and brilliant auteur David Lynch has always been a man of ideas. In the past, he’s said that, "ideas dictate everything. You have to be true to that or you’re dead." And throughout his career, he has been completely unwavering to his own conception and theories of what a work of art should be. Whether it’s his paintings, music, wood-workings, etc. Lynch has stayed true to his precise aesthetic obsessions and artistic desires that have grown into a genre entirely his own.
You hear the term Lynchian and you know what you’re in for—a "deconstruction of this weird irony of the banal" filled with "expressions of certain anxious, obsessive, fetishistic, oedipally arrested, borderlinish parts of the director’s psyche." But even in his earliest films, most created while he was a student at AFI, Lynch’s films felt a part of the world we associate with him now. Heavily influenced by the work of Francis Bacon, he focused on paintings and art forms outside of film until realizing that if he could put these ideas and creations in motion, just how much more powerful they could be.
And this week, Hulu is giving us a look at the mind of young Lynch with a collection of his rare early short films, available to watch for free. From the animated nightmare The Alphabet to the terrifying and haunting The Grandmother, you can see just how the man who gave us the world of Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Wild at Heart, etc. came to be. And for those Hulu Plus users, Eraserhead is featured in their Criterion section as well.
So if you’re looking for some grotesque delight this weekend, head over to Hulu and fall in love with David Lynch all over again. I’d suggest blacking the windows and having your strobe light ready for this one.